PJs Restaurant

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APPEARANCE

PJs has a tiny storefront on a strip plaza – took us a few minutes to find it as their sign says “Restaurant” in large bold letters followed by "All Day Breakfast". PJ’s is a small, cursive afterthought placed on top.

NOSE & SWIRL

The exterior made us feel as if we never left our budget hotel room - beige and brown tones, some muted green, laminate all over, clean and generic. A vintage Hamilton Beach Shake Maker on a counter did catch our eyes though. Unfortunately, it was not operational. There were also no shakes on the menu, so don’t let it get your hopes up.

PJ’s most popular option were their regular all day breakfasts, we were told. We glanced through the menu and recognized a good old-fashioned dinner - most veggies came either wrapped in eggs or in a ketchup bottle. The clear pocket menus were a disconnect from the store front in terms of branding and typography. We think they were recently updated as they were clean and organized. Their paper imitated old, pulp, coarse stock, which definitely added to the mute environment.

Our waitress was friendly and attentive and we went with Western and Greek omelettes. As a side note, PJs filled up at around 10am on that Sunday morning. Through the chatter, we understood that visitors were mostly locals and some folks did actually come in their PJs.

PALATE

The omelettes were large and hearty with a little piece of orange garnishing their tops and a generous side of home-made potatoes. For the price point, it was a very decent meal to kick off our day. The Greek omelette was packed with veggies inside, plus a generous amount of feta. We also tried their Rice Pudding with cinnamon. It was definitely better than a regular store variety, although not the best we tried. The consistency of it was a bit grainy. The whole meal would have been too heavy for us if we were to eat like this daily.

FINISH

PJ's food is good and honest, but the place is missing a bit of a spark to really help people connect with who they are and what they believe in.

Note that for mornings of severe hunger, Lumber Jack Combo could be ideal with ham, bacon, sausage, peameal, pancakes, french toast, eggs - only $10.50!

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